Types of Religion: Christianity, Islam, Buddhism & JudaismMajor Religions of the World
Religion adds meaning and purpose to the lives of followers, granting them an appreciation of the past, an understanding of the present, and hope for the future. By definition, a religion is a belief system concerning one or more deities and incorporating rituals, ceremonies, ethical guidelines, and life philosophies. Since the early times of Paganism
, religion has diversified and grown to include major monotheistic religions like Judaism
, and Islam
, as well as Indian and Far Eastern religions like Buddhism
, Iranic religions like Zoroastrianism
, and African indigenous-based religions like Santeria
. Other belief systems, including Atheism
and the Mormon Church
, have also developed with time. While religion dictates peace and good will, many battles and divisions have taken place because of religion. Religious belief plays an important role in the history of the world. The people of the world could benefit from learning about the different types of religion.
With well over two billion followers throughout the world, Christianity
is an Abrahamic religion centered on God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. One of the big issues surrounding Christianity is that some people question the existence of the Trinity. Other points of debate are the Christian beliefs in Immaculate Conception, the original sin, the existence of the Devil, and the coming of the apocalypse. Learn more about Christianity and find out how it became the world's largest religion with holidays that are known worldwide.Christianity
More than one billion people in the world follow Islam
, worship Allah, believe in angels, and consider Muhammad as the latest prophet. These are only a few of the beliefs set by the religion that is disciplined and strict in its rules and customs. The Five Pillars guide Muslim life, as do the Qur'an, the Hadith, and the fatwas which contribute to the Sharia. Discover more about the customs and beliefs of the second largest religion in the world. What do Muslims whisper in a newborn's ear? Find the answer to this question and more. Islam
Who is Buddha? What exactly is Buddhism
? Learn about the quest for Enlightenment that intrigued people throughout history and learn about the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism. Meditation played a significant role in the life of Siddhartha Gautama, who left his princely lifestyle to find the meaning of true nature. Buddhism has continued to change the lives of people today who follow the path towards enlightenment. What is so special about the Bodhi tree? Discover more about the peaceful religion that worships no God and believes in a spiritual journey based on karma.Buddhism
Over twelve million people in the world follow Judaism
and regard the Torah as the most important holy book of Judaism. Jews believe they are the chosen people of God and consider Moses as the founder of this religion. The laws of God guide Jews throughout their lives and followers of this religion spend a lot of their time praying. Delve into the religion of Judaism to find out more about their customs and beliefs. Learn about what Jews eat as part of their diet and the number of pilgrimages in which they participate.Judaism
You can also learn about other world religions including Candomble
, and others. If Types of Religion is missing a religion you are interested in, please be sure to contact us and let us know, and we'll work on adding information about that religion to the website.
What is Religion?
Religion is often defined as a set of beliefs that explain the world and the universe; however, for individuals, religion and spirituality are more than just a way of understanding the world. We hope to not only provide practical, and historical information about religions of the world, but to also examine what each religion means to its followers. The history of religion
is an interesting one, and we hope that Types of Religion will help make it accessible to a wider audience.
Further Reading: What is Religion?